While most of us could use a vacation, it’s easy to keep putting it off due to the time it often takes to plan a trip, and then all of the stress and discomfort that usually goes along with travel. Don’t get me wrong- traveling is hugely rewarding, and can be the best way to refresh and relax while learning about a new culture and seeing a new place. But we all know that travel can also be stressful.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure your next trip is as relaxing as possible:
Plan in advance
Studies have shown that we actually get more rewards from the pleasure center in our brain when we’re planning a trip compared to when we’re actually taking that trip. So spending time getting excited about your vacation can help you feel happy and relaxed before you even leave.
Planning your trip in advance can also make the entire trip go much more smoothly as well. This doesn’t mean that you need to plan every minute, and you should ensure that you have plenty of time for spontaneity at the same time. But by checking train connections after your flight, ensuring you can get a sim card with data if you need to work on the road, and doing some research so you know which sights you’d like to see once you’re on the ground.
Make it a cruise
There’s a reason why cruising becomes more and more popular each year. Not only is all of the hard work done for you, but you simply board your ship and don’t have to worry about any of the actual logistics when it comes to getting from Point A to Point B. This means that while you’re being transported from one incredible destination to another, you can be lying by the pool, eating a delicious meal, working out in the fitness center, or relaxing in the spa. Not sure if cruising is right for you? Try a mini cruise first and you’re sure to fall in love.
Sort out your work
Technology has made it easier for us to work from the road, and while this is great when we’re on a business trip, it’s not so great when we’re supposed to be relaxing on vacation. Before you take time off, talk to your coworkers and managers about your boundaries and let them know you won’t be checking your emails. Turn your phone off and truly be present in the moment while you’re travelling. Put in extra hours leading up to your trip and then truly switch off- you’ll actually be able to return to work feeling refreshed and ready to hit the ground running.